Read about two female jewellery makers who use this technology in innovative ways.
Jo Hayes Ward, who specialises in jewellery and 3D printing, describes her work as ‘metamorphic’ for many reasons.
Each piece of jewellery is formed of multiple elements and textures that combine to create extremely original compositions that hint at geological form and have an architectural but also organic feel.
‘Metamorphic’ also means that Jo’s jewellery is transformative; rings work particularly well as stacks, necklaces layer delicately, and earrings can be worn in various ways. JHW jewellery is endlessly versatile, worn and adored both night and day.
The Solidscape 3D wax printing process guarantee:
“Whatever you get in wax is what you get in the final gold material.” Jo Hayes Ward
“All my pieces are cast from 3D printed waxes into gold,” the designer said. “One of the huge benefits of using this 3D printing process is that you can get really accurate and precise edges and details. The waxes themselves have fantastic detail in them and are very exact, so whatever you get in wax is what you get in the final gold material.”
Harnessing the way light is reflected off delicate golden blocks and their facets is the magic of Jo’s designs; pieces come alive when worn, shimmering like dappled light on water.
Gems work beautifully alongside glistening cubes and patterned formations. Scattered diamonds sparkle in many pieces, enhancing the metal structures with their cuts and colours, while unique precious gems and rose cut diamonds render her one-of-a-kind pieces utterly spellbinding.
It has always been important to Jo that her business is as sustainable as possible. Responsibly sourced materials are an important part of this. All JHW jewellery is made in solid 100% recycled or fairtrade 18ct gold.
Modern Jewellery with a touch of technology
In combination with traditional hand-making skills, Sarah Herriot uses 3D CAD extensively in her work. Having worked as a commercial computer software designer, it comes naturally to her.
The process of 3D printing and lost-wax casting has allowed her to develop her very individual and cohesive style, attracting high praise and awards for the architectural and sculptural quality of her designs.
Sarah’s intention is to create intelligent designs that bring aesthetic pleasure. The beautiful shapes she creates in 18-carat gold and silver are organic interpretations of the urban environment around her.
Sarah’s choice of the Solidscape printing method made it possible for her to create designs of interlocking elements based on the accuracy and the repeatability of the Solidscape technology.
It is the outstanding precision of the process which allowed her to achieve the definition and patterns that define her unique style.
Architecture. Sarah studied it for a year at university as well as her brother being an architect, so she spent a lot of time looking up rather than looking down.
Sarah said she finds a lot of inspiration in different architects like Zaha Hadid, and thought those forms are something that she would aspire to achieve with some of her work.
About Solidscape 3D wax printers
Solidscape is a leading manufacturer of high-precision 3D printers and castable materials for bespoke work and Manufacturing.
The printers are optimised for the lost-wax-casting process as a tool for designers and manufacturers to print solid models designed in CAD.
The printers receive digital input from three-dimensional data files (such as STL and SLC) and create solid, three-dimensional parts through an additive, layer-by-layer process which produces detailed pieces true to the original digital design.
Solidscape is widely recognised as the solution for critical manufacturing applications that require superior accuracy, ultra-fine feature detail and a smooth surface finish. The 3D printers are primarily used to produce wax-like patterns for lost-wax investment casting applications.
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